November 2014 ~ Dear Miss Mormon

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I was wondering if you had any thoughts to share about President Snow's couplet: 'As man is, God once was; as God is, man may become,' I am a convert (4 years) and have always struggled with this belief. It seems to say, God was once not God, or (as I understand God) Love was once not Love. How can this be?

Dear friend,

My responses always seem to come during the most menial tasks; in this case I was thinking about your question while brushing my teeth and I had a few thoughts I wanted to jot down before heading off to bed. I have two answers to your question (two for one, what can be better than that?), one is more straightforward and the other a more general principle I hope you're able to apply to all your questions in the future.

Answer #1

In Genesis 1:26-27 It says: "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the foul of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him, male and female created he them."

So we, God's children were made to be like Him,  I always picture a two year old parading around in their dad's firefighter boots and helmet, all much too oversized for their small frame--probably tripping.

Thats totally us

on earth

trying to learn how to be like our #1 fan, our hero, our ultimate role model....our Heavenly Father.

I find that comforting and encouraging :)

Answer #2
(This is my more general answer and is regarding the initial part of the couplet from President Snow.)
Let me start by saying: there are a lot of things I don't know

I still don't know how to convert fahrenheit to celsius (Sorry Canadian friends)

I have just about given up trying to understand boys

and as much as I love to watch football, I have just now figured out what a "down" is

just to name a few things I don't know.

But I have learned there are truths of a spiritual nature I can come to understand. One of those thing I've learned is how to obtain a testimony of each and every prophet we've had and will have. If I want to give my stamp of approval, I need to find out for myself if every single one of those 16 men were called of God.

In order to do this I keep in mind:
1.) they were still men, therefore not perfect
b.) they would probably be the first to say that not everything that ever comes out of their mouths would they deem as "inspired"
III.) However, God chose them, therefore, they are inspired men

With those things in mind,  I then pray.

shocking?................................. By now, you know me well enough to know its not.

And in my prayer I ask my Heavenly Father if that particular man was called as a prophet.

I can ask about anyone


  • President Snow


  • Joel Olsteen


  • my neighbor down the street checking his mail

But seriously, I take it to the Lord.

Everyone thinks Mormons are taught to blindly lead.

thats.
          not.
                  true.

When you have doubts concerns, misgivings about anyone or any doctrine taught you simply have to pray. That doesn't mean Elijah is going to appear right then and there and give you all the answers (I wish), but if you continue with faith, holding to the things you already know, your concerns will be addressed and will disappear.  Once you know that President Snow, or Thomas S. Monson, or Joseph Smith; whichever president of the church you ask about, is a prophet, hold on to that! Because there may be things you hear that you don't like, but you will have the confidence that if God can sustain them, so can you.


With much love,
Miss Mormon


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Friday, November 14, 2014

How can I answer my friends questions without tangible proof and hard facts?

Dear friend,
Unless your friend happens to be Sherlock Holmes, I have good news...you don't need to prove your answers.
We always want to answer people's questions so they feel satisfied and all their concerns are wiped off the table.

But guess what? That's not our job.

Even Christ, when brought before Pilot, stood silent when questioned by a curious but disinterested audience.

Does that seem harsh? let me explain why its not.

God has always asked us to have faith, He never promised all the mysteries of heaven to be revealed in this lifetime, He never said we would understand His reasons for things but He has shown time and time again that He knows what He's doing.
There will be questions your friends might have that you simply won't have the answers to, and that's ok, its important though for you to share the things you do know. A testimony is the best thing to share with people, put down the books of deep doctrine, step away from the internet, and ask yourself, "what have I come to know from my own experience?"

Those who truly want to find truth will take your answers--aka your testimony--and turn around to find their own.

Are there facts? Sure

Is the restored gospel based on logic? I believe so

But conversion is found in the heart of honest seekers down on their knees in prayer, not perfect arguments or persuasive dialogues.

As you testify of truth the Spirit will testify of your words and those who want to feel it will, those that don't will quickly move on to talk about football, calculus homework, or the latest Kardashian drama.

I promise as you live the gospel people will notice, they will have questions and as you share what you know to be true you will feel the satisfaction of living the gospel and standing where many men and women have stood, as a light on a hill for many.

With much love,
Miss Mormon



 
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Saturday, November 8, 2014

In John 17:3, Christ describes eternal life as knowing God and Christ who He sent. What does it mean to "know" them?

Dear friend,

I've been thinking about your question a lot. Its provoked a lot of reflection and self-evaluation, thank you for that.

In order to really know Christ you would have to study His life and ask a lot of "why" questions:

-Why did He heal the sick?

-Why did He take company among the broken, the lowly, and the outcast?

-Why did He live the way He lived and do the things He did?

Me, being the overly confident, borderline prideful person I was, thought that I CLEARLY knew Jesus Christ and God, Himself.

False.

It wasn't until I heard a kid, probably not too much older than myself, stand up and declare that he knew Jesus Christ, not just knew of Him, but actually knew Him.

I imagine I was sitting there nodding in agreement, feeling so self-assured... until I tried to pick Christ out of an imaginary crowd in my mind...and I couldn't! I realized, if Christ were dressed to fit this generation, and His hair was in style, and he was as average as the rest of us....how would I identify Him? This was pretty irritating. I had a testimony of Jesus Christ, I talked to people about Him all. the. time. but if He were to walk into the room I couldn't say I would know Him. If I couldn't even know my Savior, how would I know my Heavenly Father, whose image He was created in and who taught Him all that He knew??

There began a long period of sincere and earnest prayer.

It took me some time, and like any relationship, it requires continual effort, but I have gotten to a place where I am confident that I could recognize my Savior regardless of His clothes, regardless of His hair, and I don't think I would even have to look at His hands.

I came to know Christ through studying His very attributes.

I know that if I were to meet Christ face to face, there would be an outpouring of love in his expression. There would be kindness in His smile and patience in His eyes. There would be meekness and gentleness and charity in everything He said or did. He would be my Savior, Redeemer, Brother, and Friend.

So now I can recognize Christ, of this I am certain, but I'm constantly striving to know Him better and I do that through trying to be like Him.

Forgiving when you don't want to forgive is hard. But Christ would do it.

Loving those who act unlovable is painful, but Christ would do it.

Turning outward in service of others when every fiber of your being is screaming to turn inward goes so against our very nature...but Christ did it.

If you want to know Christ, study who He is and apply it, you'll not only come to know Christ and His Father, but you'll find a greater joy than you thought possible.

Lets be Christ-like together shall we?

With much love,
Miss Mormon


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